Death + afterlife








Fresco in the former Abbey of Saint-André-de-Lavaudieu, France, 14th century- detail
Rats spread plague throughout the streets of Europe. Society turned upside down—but the Renaissance lay ahead.

The Black Death





Frieze detail, Dipylon Amphora, c. 755-750 B.C.E.
As tall as a person, this pot is covered with geometric patterns and early figural representations.

Dipylon Amphora


Below the great citadel of Mycenae, a passage into a hillside leads to a massive beehive-shaped tomb.

The Treasury of Atreus


Grave stele of Hegeso, c. 410 B.C.E., marble and paint, from the Dipylon Cemetary, Athens, 5' 2" (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
See the mastery of form developed in the Classical period translated to private art on this solemn gravestone.

Grave stele of Hegeso




Jade Cong
Found in large numbers in burials, these Chinese carvings constitutes an enormous effort by skilled craftsman.

Jade Cong